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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:16 -0500


All Quiet on the North Korean Front?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:16 -0500

It would be a mistake to interpret a lack of missile tests as a willingness to engage in denuclearization talks.U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy Joseph Yun speaks in Tokyo in April.

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As the Air Force Turns Its Focus to Space, This Small Team Could Lead the Way

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Once seen as a threat to traditional acquisition channels, the Operationally Responsive Space office is making it faster and cheaper to put new capabilities into orbit.The seal of the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space office.

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The U.S. Military Has Banned All Service Members In Japan From Drinking

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:55:40 -0500

Members of the U.S. military serving in all of Japan have been temporarily banned from drinking alcohol both on and off base following a fatal accident in Okinawa.Protesters attend an anti-U.S. military bases rally in 2016.

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A Fight Is Brewing Between Congress and the Military Over Cyber War

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Should in-theater commanders be allowed to launch attacks that currently require approval from the national command authority?Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command, gives opening remarks during the Chairman of Defense tri-lateral discussion between Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States during his visit to Iraq in July.

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Has the Mueller Probe Hamstrung Trump's Foreign Policy?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:53:53 -0500

Nixon and Clinton managed to get a great deal done of overseas while facing special prosecutors at home, but Trump has more weaknesses than they did.Trump speaks at the United Nations in September.

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Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The U.S. is "on track," but additional armored forces, long-range artillery and bridging capabilities would help deter Russia, Milley says.

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Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Just months into the first development contracts, the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed things up.Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force CMSgt. Kaleth O. Wright visit Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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Post-9/11 U.S. War Costs Will Soon Top $5.6 Trillion

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:03:47 -0500

The average American taxpayer has spent $23,386 on wars since 2001, report researchers. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands during hot and cold load training in Iraq in October.

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Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:47:17 -0500

Here are three questions to consider after lawmakers hear testimony on nuclear authority.Se. Bob Corker listens during a hearing Tuesday.

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The Pentagon’s Spending Data Doesn’t Add Up

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:30:41 -0500

The DATA Act was supposed to create financial transparency, but a watchdog found plenty of inaccuracies.

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Can Two Nuclear Powers Fight a Conventional War?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The Pentagon just wargamed that scenario as part of its effort to determine what it needs for 21st-century deterrence.Crew chiefs from the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 131st Bomb Wing perform a phase inspection on a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

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Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:03:59 -0500

A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.

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A Short-Staffed U.S. Air Force Wants Robots to Do More Human Jobs

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The service’s top general says new systems, from bombs to buildings, must be able to think, share, and learn.Senior Airman Jacob Prine checks the fuel connection to a F-15 Eagle in 2010.

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Why Mike Pompeo Released More bin Laden Files

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:12:42 -0500

The CIA director is intent on drawing connections between al-Qaeda and Iran—but to what end?

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Donald Trump: Unlikely Defender of U.S. Allies

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:57:19 -0500

The candidate who said Japan and South Korea made "billions screwing us" is now a president vowing to stand by them.Trump greets South Korean leaders Tuesday.

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Homeland Security Advised to Clarify Roles in Immigration Enforcement

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:54:31 -0500

Watchdog warns of inefficiencies and threats to public safety.

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Trump's North Korea Policy Earns Praise—From a Former North Korean Diplomat

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:08:48 -0400

“The unpredictability has worked to some extent,” says one of the country’s highest-profile defectors.“Kim Jong Un knows well that once he uses his nuclear weapons against America or South Korea, then that could end up with the total destruction of the North Korean [political] system," Thae said.

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Can the U.S. Hold Russia Accountable for Interfering in the 2016 Election?

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:13:59 -0400

Behind the special counsel’s big news this week, there has also been an explosion of evidence pointing to Moscow’s role in the presidential race.Putin speaks in May in Paris.

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Washington Is Never Quite Sure Where It Is at War

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:38:38 -0400

The Niger debacle exposed just how little Congress grasps about what U.S. forces are up to around the world.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford speaks with media about recent military operations in Niger during a briefing Oct. 23.

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Senator to Donald Trump: Americans Deserve to Know the Costs of a North Korea Conflict

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:31:12 -0400

In a letter to the president, Tammy Duckworth cites the lack of debate before she was deployed to Iraq—and insists that it not happen again.“We must never allow the consequences of war to be hidden from Americans,” Tammy Duckworth wrote.

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The ACLU Says the FBI is Accusing Chinese-American Scientists of Espionage Because of Their Race

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:56:55 -0400

The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a lawsuit from a professor that the FBI—as it's done in other cases with Chinese-Americans—wrongly accused of espionage.

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Trump's Policy on Terrorism Suspects Looks Like Obama's

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:34:56 -0400

A captured Benghazi suspect is reportedly being brought to the U.S., which means he will be tried in a civilian court.

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Is Your Office Secure? Not Necessarily If You Work at These 4 Agencies

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:02:07 -0400

Watchdog finds some agencies have not kept up with standards for addressing facility vulnerabilities.GAO sent its findings to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

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Trump's Top Intelligence Officials Confirm Russia Meddled In the U.S. Election

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:50:43 -0400

Russia's efforts to influence the US election have been unequivocally confirmed on the record by all top U.S. intelligence officials. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill in May.

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Dunford: Time to Cut the Connections that Link ISIS’ Global Network

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

With the extremist group on its heels, coalition members must block its paths to Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the top US officer said.

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